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Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1093-1123 (12 Sep 2014)
Nat. Commun. 5, 5441-9 (18 jul 2014)
Phys. Rev. B 90, 035412-7 (Jul 11 2014 2014)
Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 011109-4 (8 Jul 2014)
Phys. Rev. B 89, 245414-4 (10 Jun 2014)
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Welcome to the home page of the Nonlinear Physics Centre, headed by Professor Yuri S. Kivshar. Our centre is a part of the Research School of Physics and Engineering of the Australian National University.

Publications Highlights News & Announcements
Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in metamaterials
A chiral metamaterial which spontaneous switches between right-handed and left-handed states when illuminated by a high power wave. Read ANU Press release. Nat. Commun. 5, 5441-9 (18 jul 2014)
Spontaneous knotting of self-trapped waves
We describe theory and simulations of a spinning optical soliton whose propagation spontaneously excites knotted and linked optical vortices. Read ANU Press release. Sci. Rep. 2, 771-7 (26 oct 2012)
Metamaterials Controlled with Light
We demonstrate light-tunable metamaterial mirror for microwave beam manipulation. Read APS Physics Synopsis. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 083902-4 (23 Aug 2012)
Liquid crystal based nonlinear fishnet metamaterials
We study experimentally the nonlinear properties of fishnet metamaterials infiltrated with nematic liquid crystals. Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 121113-4 (21 Mar 2012)
Magnetoelastic metamaterials
Electromagnetic wave compresses metamaterial leading to a new type of nonlinear response. Nat. Mater. 11, 30-33 (Jan 2012)
Optically Induced Interaction of Magnetic Moments in Hybrid Metamaterials
We propose a novel type of hybrid metal-dielectric structures composed of silicon nanoparticles and split-ring resonators for advanced control of optically induced magnetic response. ACS Nano 6, 837-842 (2012)
Laser Pulse Heating of Spherical Metal Particles
We present analytical solutions for the general problem of laser pulse heating of spherical metal particles with the sizes ranging from nanometers to millimeters. Phys. Rev. X 1, 021024-9 (Dec 2011)
Metamaterials with conformational nonlinearity
We demonstrate that flexible metamaterials made of spiral resonators exhibit nonlinear behaviour through the conformational changes caused by mechanical deformations induced by electromagnetic wave. Sci. Reports 1, 138-4 (02 Nov 2011)
Generation and Near-Field Imaging of Airy Surface Plasmons
Experimental demonstration of Airy plasmons: left - Experimental setup; right - Near-field imaging of Airy plasmons (nonspreading bended rays of light) propagating along the surface of a gold film with an engineered grating pattern for their excitation. Selected for an Editors' Suggestion and a Viewpoint in Physics. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 116802-4 (Sep 2011)
Realization of Reflectionless Potentials in Photonic Lattices
Experimental image of an optical beam as it passes without reflections through a specially designed modulation in coupled waveguide arrays. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 193903-4 (12 May 2011)
Professor Anatoly P. Sukhorukov, a pioneer and innovator in nonlinear optics, passed away on 10 April 2014.
7 December 2011, We congratulate our future PhD student Daniel Leykam for the award of University Medal in Physics for 2011. The Medal will be presented at the Conferring of Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday 14 December 2011 at 2.00pm at Llewellyn Hall.
Review published: Metamaterials and metaoptics , NPG Asia Materials (November 2011).
Book published: Nonlinearities in Periodic Structures and Metamaterials, Eds. Cornelia Denz, Sergej Flach, Yuri S. Kivshar.
23 September 2009, We congratulate our PhD student, Mr. Steven Lade, who has won the main prize of the 2009 John Carver Seminar Series for his talk "Directed Transport without Net Bias in Physics and Biology".
2 September 2009, We congratulate our PhD student, Mr. Artur Davoyan, for receiving the Best Oral Presentation Award at the international workshop "Modern Problems in Optics and Photonics", 27 August - 2 September, 2009, Yerevan, Armenia.
11 May 2009, Mr. Steven Lade participates in a Public Lecture devoted to The Science of Climate Feedbacks. This forum reviews, for a non-technical audience, what feedbacks and non-linearities are, why they can lead to 'runaway change' and other drastic effects in systems such as the climate, what recent scientific developments have led to better understanding of climate feedbacks, and how this affects predictions of likely future climate change.
17 April 2009, Dr. Christian Rosberg received an award of The Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics from the Australian Institute of Physics for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian University in 2008.
22 May 2007, Prof. Yuri Kivshar received an award of Federation Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to support both theoretical and experimental studies of the Nonlinear Physics Centre in all-optical technologies, nanophotonics and metamaterials.
3 May 2007, Prof. Yuri Kivshar was awarded the Lyle Medal from the Australian Academy of Science.
Book published: The Frenkel-Kontorova Model: Concepts, Methods, and Applications by Oleg M. Braun and Yuri S. Kivshar. Order now from Springer-Verlag.
Book published: Optical Solitons: From Fibers to Photonic Crystals by Yuri S. Kivshar and Govind P. Agrawal. Order now from Elsevier.
Prof. Yuri Kivshar received an award of Federation Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to support both theoretical and experimental studies of the Nonlinear Physics Centre in all-optical communication and information technologies, including the research in the photonic crystal technologies.
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